Can You Find a New Job Over the Holidays?

Many people believe that no hiring takes place over the holidays.  However, companies still have needs and continue their recruitment processes throughout November and December.  Sometimes job seekers temporarily drop out of the job market due to their busier personal schedules or holiday activities, so there may actually be less competition for available positions.

Network at Holiday Events

The holidays can be a great opportunity to network with colleagues, clients, friends, and family.  At the staff luncheon, sit beside someone you want to know better instead of co-workers you already know.  If attending a multi-stakeholder office party, be knowledgeable of hard data regarding your latest projects.  A neighborhood gathering or friend’s cocktail party can also be great ways to make new contacts.

Be prepared with personal business cards that contain your contact information, LinkedIn profile URL, and qualifications to distribute at events.  Connecting with someone new at each event will build your network into the New Year.

Reconnect with Past Contacts

While it is important to make new contacts, don’t forget about your old ones.  The holiday season is a great time to renew connections with former co-workers, supervisors, and alumni from your alma mater.  If you have lost touch with a few connections, use LinkedIn to track down where they are now.  Make sure your own LinkedIn profile is up to date, and email out holiday greetings with appropriate updates about what is new with you.  Better yet, send out traditional greeting cards with hand written notes of thanks and appreciation, and then follow-up with LinkedIn.

Maintain Your Job Search

While some people may be out of the office during the holidays, businesses do not actually shut down during November and December.  New budgets are often instated in January, so increased hiring activity to fill key positions may occur for the New Year.  Or vacancies that went unfilled this past year may now have the approval to be advertised.  Keep your pipeline of connections and applications going through the holidays to avoid having to start over after the New Year begins.

Take Time to Rejuvenate

The holiday season can be stressful for some people, so take time to relax and reflect.  Use this time to rejuvenate by having coffee with an old friend, visiting family, or participating in a volunteer activity. If your New Year’s resolution is to find a new job, don’t wait until the New Year to get started. The Office of Alumni and Career Services can help! Our office offers Career Services for life for Richmond alumni. Contact (804) 289-8547 for more information.

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